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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump © Kim Siever
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump © Kim Siever

A buffalo jump is a ledge or cliff traditionally used to lure stampeding buffalo to their deaths. Head-Smashed-In is one of the oldest, largest, and best preserved in the world and was used by the native people for about 6,000 years.

Head-Smashed-In not only has a wonderfully descriptive name, but also boasts its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It proudly displays exhibitions detailing the life and history of the Blackfoot people, the original inhabitants of the Great Plains region of southern Alberta. It is now a remarkable archaeological site and well worth a visit for any traveller interested in Canadian history.

Address: 92 Township Road, Willow Creek

Website: www.head-smashed-in.com

Telephone: (403) 553 2731

Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm

Admission: $15 adults, $10 children. other concessions available